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“Often, social progress doesn’t come from governments looking down, directing change. It comes from communities, families, and individuals looking up, driving society forward themselves, 

fueled by nothing more than an idea or instinct to do good. 

It comes from civic engagement.”

— Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah


Active citizenship is the cornerstone of social change. IYF believes that young people’s participation as citizens — be it students, workers, family or community members — is fundamental to building stable and healthy democracies. IYF prepares youth to fully participate in civic life by supporting youth engagement (volunteerism, community service, service-learning, civic participation) and empowerment (leadership, social entrepreneurship, and activism). Our citizenship programs are guided by the core conviction that young people are a powerful and untapped force to create positive change in their communities and nations. Leading the way is YouthActionNet®, which is developing a new generation of socially-conscious global citizens who create positive change in their communities, their countries, and the world.